Esther 6

* Providence recommends Mordecai to the king's favour. (1-3)

Haman's counsel honours Mordecai. (4-11) Haman's friends tell

him of his danger. (12-14)1-3 The providence of God rules over the smallest concerns of

men. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without him. Trace the

steps which Providence took towards the advancement of Mordecai.

The king could not sleep when Providence had a design to serve,

in keeping him awake. We read of no illness that broke his

sleep, but God, whose gift sleep is, withheld it from him. He

who commanded a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, could not

command one hour's sleep.
4-11 See how men's pride deceives them. The deceitfulness of

our own hearts appears in nothing more than in the conceit we

have of ourselves and our own performances: against which we

should constantly watch and pray. Haman thought the king loved

and valued no one but himself, but he was deceived. We should

suspect that the esteem which others profess for us, is not so

great as it seems to be, that we may not think too well of

ourselves, nor trust too much in others. How Haman is struck,

when the king bids him do honour to Mordecai the Jew, the very

man whom he hated above all men, whose ruin he was now

12-14 Mordecai was not puffed up with his honours, he returned

to his place and the duty of it. Honour is well bestowed on

those that do not think themselves above their business. But

Haman could not bear it. What harm had it done him? But that

will break a proud man's heart, which will not break a humble

man's sleep. His doom was, out of this event, read to him by his

wife and his friends. They plainly confessed that the Jews,

though scattered through the nations, were special objects of

Divine care. Miserable comforters are they all; they did not

advise Haman to repent, but foretold his fate as unavoidable.

The wisdom of God is seen, in timing the means of his church's

deliverance, so as to manifest his own glory
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